High speed car chase driver to spend a week in jail

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A young man who attempted to escape police during a high speed chase over the weekend has been sentenced to spend seven days in jail.

Montel Barton, 19, appeared in court earlier this week on charges of dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He was ordered to spend a week in jail for each of the first two charges and was fined $2,500 for the latter.

The prison sentences are to run concurrently.

Meanwhile, the youngster who rented the vehicle to Barton, 20-year-old Melvin King Jr of Herbert’s, was fined $1,000 dollars and his ability to obtain a licence has been suspended for three months.

The incident is said to have occurred on Saturday at around 7.15pm when police were in pursuit of the driver and occupant of a grey Toyota Vitz car as a result of a prior traffic violation.

The said vehicle travelled along Nevis Street from west to east at an accelerated speed, and collided with the rear portion of another vehicle on Independence Drive.

A bus driver, travelling from north to south on Independence Drive, apparently collided with a tree in an effort to avoid a head-on smash with the Vitz.

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